With winter weather comes winter health, so this week I have had two of my chicks sick for a day each (so far) with throat infections. I have also been dealing with some behaviour issues with the remaining chick. All of this means unexpected time at home. While the downside is knowing that my work is piling up in the office, the silver lining is that I have been using the time to be productive and get a bit more organised about how I want to manage the business side of my crafting.
The first thing I have done is added to my Tutorials page on this blog. From now on it will have links to any tutorials I produce (quite aspirational as I have only managed one so far), any posts where I list links to other people’s tutorials (also aspirational with only one so far), plus links to any tutorials that I have used myself.
The second thing I have decided is to have a plan for when I blog – a blog timetable if you like. Sunday nights seem to be when I am able to sit and write about the crafting and family activity of the week. Friday nights seem to be a good spot to add posts with links to the many tutorials that I have collected from other generous crafters. So that leaves mid-week. I have lots of ideas for a regular mid-week post, so might leave that as slightly random initially until I work out what is working best. (Some ideas include reviews of tutorials I have used, tutorials I produce myself, links to other great blogs etc.)
Then I downloaded an Etsy app so that my Etsy shop now appears on my Facebook page. I had previously been loading photos into a separate album on Facebook and marking them when they were sold. This is much more efficient!
I also worked out how to put my photos into collages, so that I can post multiple images within one image. (Feeling a bit proud of myself at achieving all of these technological things and ignoring the fact that I could have done all of this ages ago as it really wasn’t that hard!)
Being home is also a bit dangerous…… too much access to online shopping. Even though the Australian dollar has dropped a bit, the exchange rate with the US, and the amazing fabric range available there means that online orders are still worthwhile. I have to praise the postage system used by Fabric. com – I ordered some fabric from them a couple of weeks ago (they are based in the USA) and it arrived at my house (in Australia) within 48 hours! Given that it can take up to two weeks for a parcel to cross the country domestically I was blown away!! So I have placed another order….. wonder how long it will take to arrive?
A couple of dandelion pouches, with pockets inside – playing with fabric and playing with ideas!
Finally, having some extra time at home has provided a bit of extra sewing time (of course) and crochet time. I had a chance to play at making some pouches as gifts for friends, and also made my first zipped pouch – just a bit bigger than credit card size, as a little gift for a friend who is about to travel. It matches a bag I made her last year. I forgot to take photos but can assure you that I found it so straightforward I will be making more!
I also made another bag for the shop – and added two pockets to the outside of it. I like the extra storage they provide and am thinking of making one with a number of different fabrics to give it a different feel.
Dealing with the behaviour issues of one of my chicks, and the impact on the school, my work, and the other chicks that flows from the issues can wear me down and take its toll. I have written before about how crafting helps me to clear my head and maintain some sanity. This week crochet has been my escape. The results are a few more rows on the afghan (that should be finished while the weather is still cold!)
Now that I am feeling a bit more organised it might be time to plan the next thing to make!
I hope that your week is going well, wherever you are.